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Segro backs Heathrow expansion

by Marco Cillario Wed 11 May 2016, 4:20 pm

Segro chief executive David Sleath has weighed in on the debate about Heathrow expansion, welcoming the airportís commitment to the conditions set out by the Airport Commission.

Sleath, whose company is one of the industrial landlords at the airport, said on 11 May 2016: “We have long championed the need for additional aviation capacity in the UK to ensure Britain’s success in the global economy, and welcomed the Airports Commission recommendation to expand Heathrow.”

Segro owns and manages more than 5.5 million sq m of industrial space, a large proportion of which is located in west London and the Thames Valley.

Sleath went on: “Our customers rely on strong international air connectivity and say expansion at Heathrow would benefit their businesses and the UK economy as a whole.

“We understand that this cannot come at any cost and support Heathrow’s work to meet and exceed the conditions set out by the Airports Commission in order to enable the government to end indecision and get on and build the third runway.”

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye set out the principles to which the airport has committed itself in a letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron on 11 May.

They include: supporting the introduction of a ban by the government on flights between 11pm and 5.30am; backing a proposal for the Environment Agency to be made an independent aviation air quality authority for the airport; establishing an education and skills taskforce that will identify how best to develop the airport’s future skilled workforce and to create a legacy for UK infrastructure projects.

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